What materials and furniture did you choose?
We created a warm interior using a classical wooden structure of bleached oak beams in the living room. For continuity, we used distressed oak in chevron patterns on the floors across the house, except the bathrooms, and a matte, off-white colour on the walls. In the kitchen and bathrooms, we used natural Carrara marble. In terms of furniture, he already had a small collection of mid-century pieces from designers like Pierre Jeanneret. We tried to create a balance between very different pieces from the same period, so, you have American pieces like the curved sofa by Vladimir Kagan and George Nakashima’s lounger, mixed together with European mid-century pieces to create something original and elegant.
Did the client’s fashion background influence the design?
It influenced the way I saw the project, more than him. This house can be considered haute couture—custom-made, filled with details, with a balance of materials. I like that this aspect goes all the way from the architecture to the interiors to the furniture. You’d often associate fashion with showing off and being a little bling-bling, but it’s the opposite here.